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    Your All Access From-The-Couch Pass To This Year's Kansas City FilmFest International Is Just $10

    Bored to death? Missing local culture? Great news: Starting Monday, you can attend a grassroots film festival showcasing 90 films — about two dozen of them by Kansas City-area artists — all week for just $10.

    In normal times, movies in the Kansas City Film Fest International would have been shown on big screens all around the metro. But the festival’s executive director, Veronica Elliott Loncar, says the decision to stream the whole festival came after other, larger film festivals, such as SXSW and Tribeca, announced that some or all of their 2020 programming would be made available online for people staying at home due to the spread of COVID-19.

    Read more here.

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    U-News Wins First Place for Best Overall Website, 12 Total Awards at MCMA Conference

    U-News won first place for best overall website and 12 total awards at the Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) awards Tuesday (4/7/2020) night.

    The newspaper, which competes in Division 1 against the largest schools in the state, doubled its award total from last year.

    The 12 awards won and their recipients are:

    • First Place, Website, Sam Capkovic, Ethan Evans, Lucas Cuni-Mertz and Jodi Fortino.
    • First Place, Op-Ed page, Lydia Fultz, Carlos Mercado and Alex Fulton.
    • Second Place, Op-Ed page, Lydia Fultz, Robert Zimmerman and Mason R. Dredge.
    • Third Place, Op-Ed page, Jodi Fortino, Gary Enrique Bradley-Lopez and Mason R. Dredge.
    • Third Place, Investigative Reporting, Stephanie Klein.
    • Third Place, News Writing, Lukas Kenney.
    • Third Place, Feature Writing, Emily Reid.
    • Honorable Mention, Feature Writing, Lukas Kenney.
    • Honorable Mention, Editorial Writing, Caleb Wilson.
    • Honorable Mention, Entertainment Review, Mason R. Dredge.
    • Honorable Mention, Entertainment Review, Mason R. Dredge.
    • Honorable Mention, Video, Darius Stewart, Abbey Higginbotham, Sam Capkovic and Henry Gamber.

    Go to U-News.

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    CAS Dean’s Fall Reception presents Faculty and Staff Awards

    The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce one staff award and four sets of faculty awards that were presented at the annual CAS Dean’s Fall Reception on September 11.

    Faculty Awards are as follows:

    Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award (awarded to a tenure-track or tenured faculty member)

    Royall Distinguished Professors (honors faculty committed to research excellence, creativity, and interdisciplinarity, as well as pedagogy)

    Bernardin Research Development Grant (recipients are granted support to prepare a grant proposal in their chosen area of research)

    Haskell Distinguished Research Award (recipients receive an award to support the completion of a scholarly project or creative work)

    Staff Award is as follows:

    Outstanding Staff Member

    (awarded to recognize outstanding contributions made by staff members who are employed by the College of Arts & Sciences with strong characteristics including: respectful, responsible, resourceful, receptive, responsive, and reasonable)

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    Delic Fatima Awarded 2017 Harry S. Truman Bootrap

    Two UMKC students, Fatima Delic and Cameron Casey, have been selected as 2017 Harry S. Truman Bootstrap awardees. Chosen in a competitive process among UMKC undergraduate applicants, they will join interns from the other University of Missouri campuses living together in condos near the Capitol and working in offices of Missouri representatives and senators.

    Cameron Casey, an Urban Planning and Design major, and Fatima Delic, a double major in Political Science and Communication Studies, will be assigned to governmental offices (legislative or administrative) and will work with identified mentors while there. More information is available here.

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    Students and Faculty Present at CSCA Conference

    A girl is giving speech Communication Studies major Chelsea Bihlmeyer recently presented her paper, "Unpacking the Tinder Lexicon: Visual Rhetoric and Power," at the 2017 annual conference Central States Communication Association. The paper was competitively selected, and was the result of an independent study she completed with Dr. Steven Melling during the Fall, 2016 semester.

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    New Letters on the Air Celebrates National Poetry Month at the Kansas City Public Library with NEA Fellows Hadara Bar-Nadav & Kathryn Nuernberger

    Twin girls Missouri poets Hadara Bar-Nadav and Kathryn Nuernberger, who both received National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships in December 2016, will take to the stage of the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library with New Letters on the Air host/producer, Angela Elam. On Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, they will discuss their recent books and "What Makes a Poem Work?" for National Poetry Month. April also marks the beginning of the 40th year of broadcasting for this nationally-distributed public radio literary show that is the companion to New Letters magazine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and can be heard locally on KCUR 89.3 FM. More information is available here.

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    Professor Martin Offers Advice on College Success

    Dr. Jason Martin, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, shares some insights on the challenges students face and offers advice on how they can better their chances to successfully complete that first year of college on NPR.

    Click here to listen to the NPR show.

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    Student Filmmakers Win Film Festival Prizes

    Aaron's film "Staged"

    Communication Studies major Nathan Manning won one of three "Awards of Excellence" at the 2017 Bison Bison Film Festival, April 7-8 in Ponca City, OK. Manning won the $1,000 cash prize for his short narrative film Starch, produced in Dr. Lyn Elliot's Spring 2014 Narrative Production course.

    Communication Studies major Aaron Berger won Honorable Mention for Heartland Student Shorts at the 2017 Kansas City Film Fest, April 4-9. Berger produced his short film Staged in Dr. Lyn Elliot's Spring 2016 Narrative Production course.

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College News

      U-News Wins First Place for Best Overall Website, 12 Total Awards at MCMA Conference

      U-News won first place for best overall website and 12 total awards at the Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) awards Tuesday (4/7/2020) night.

      The newspaper, which competes in Division 1 against the largest schools in the state, doubled its award total from last year.

      The 12 awards won and their recipients are:

      • First Place, Website, Sam Capkovic, Ethan Evans, Lucas Cuni-Mertz and Jodi Fortino.
      • First Place, Op-Ed page, Lydia Fultz, Carlos Mercado and Alex Fulton.
      • Second Place, Op-Ed page, Lydia Fultz, Robert Zimmerman and Mason R. Dredge.
      • Third Place, Op-Ed page, Jodi Fortino, Gary Enrique Bradley-Lopez and Mason R. Dredge.
      • Third Place, Investigative Reporting, Stephanie Klein.
      • Third Place, News Writing, Lukas Kenney.
      • Third Place, Feature Writing, Emily Reid.
      • Honorable Mention, Feature Writing, Lukas Kenney.
      • Honorable Mention, Editorial Writing, Caleb Wilson.
      • Honorable Mention, Entertainment Review, Mason R. Dredge.
      • Honorable Mention, Entertainment Review, Mason R. Dredge.
      • Honorable Mention, Video, Darius Stewart, Abbey Higginbotham, Sam Capkovic and Henry Gamber.

      Go to U-News.

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      Over 360 students named to College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for Fall 2019 semester

      Congratulations to the 361 students in UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2019 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term.

      Fall 2019 Dean's List graphic

      Joseph Adams – Earth and Environmental Science BS
      Maggie Agee – Psychology BA
      Chaehyun Ahn – Pre-Pharm
      Jennifer Aktar – Pre-Law, A&S
      Kamariah Al-Amin – Languages and Literatures BA: French
      Adin Alem – Political Science BA
      Nida Ali – Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
      Ahmed Al-Makhazoom – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Naomie Alnatas – Liberal Arts BLA
      Mahreen Ansari – Political Science BA
      Kathryn Antrainer – History BA
      Melissa Appelquist – Psychology BA
      Cemile Arabaci – Physics BS
      Bosten Arcand – English BA: Language and Rhetoric
      Liam Arciga – History BA
      Cristian Arechiga – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Brent Arnold – Psychology BA
      Yusof Asefi – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Lucy Bahner – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
      Hayden Baker – English BA: Creative Writing
      Alex Barbour – History BA
      Reagan Barr – Environmental Science BS
      Mahryn Barron – English: Creative Writing & Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
      Brayden Basch – English & Philosophy BA
      Brianna Bauer – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Kennedy Bauer – Pre-Dentistry, A&S
      Abigail Bavuso – Pre-Pharm
      Alexander Bearden – Geology BS
      Bailey Beauchamp – Psychology BA
      Catherine Belcher – Psychology BA
      Jillian Bell – Psychology BA
      Michelle Bell – English BA
      Samuel Bellefy – English: Creative Writing & Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      J'aime Bellingham – Psychology BA
      Jerrah Biggerstaff – Physics BS: Astronomy
      Abigail Birkner – Psychology & Chemistry BA
      Margaret Boggs – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology BA
      Christopher Bown – Studio Art BA
      Jane Boyd – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
      Thomas Branson – Architectural Studies
      Jeb Brantner – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
      Grace Brewer – History BA
      Kyle Broley – Earth and Environmental Science BS: Physical Geography
      Jameson Brown – Economics BA
      April Brown – English BA: Creative Writing
      Renee Bruch – Communication Studies BA
      Camrin Buchholz – Political Science & Economics BA
      Alexus Buckert – Political Science BA
      Mason Bur – Psychology BA
      Hayden Burnett – Psychology BA
      Kayla Burns – English BA
      William Burrus – Economics & Languages and Literatures BA: French
      Isabella Burton – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Joel Busch – Mathematics and Statistics BS
      Austin Butler – Art History BA
      Kevin Buzzie – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Bailey Cairns – English BA: Language and Rhetoric
      Beulah Calixte – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Sociology BA
      Tessa Campbell – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Crystyn Campbell – Psychology BA
      Samantha Capkovic – Political Science & Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Marin Carey – Environmental Studies BA
      Cody Carmack – Psychology BA
      Rebecca Caro – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Abigail Castle – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Brianna Catching – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Adam Chanliongco – Pre-Pharm
      Sarah Chapman – English BA: Classical, Medieval, and Early Literature
      Gabrielle Chappelle – Psychology BA
      Hunyee Choi – Psychology BA
      Lacey Clark – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Jordan Clarkin – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Sarah Clough – English BA
      Cassandra Coffey-Murray – English BA: Creative Writing
      Jacob Cooley – Psychology BA
      Cameron Cooper – Pre-Pharm
      Matthew Corcoran – Liberal Arts BLA
      Brooklyn Cornett – Psychology BA
      Emily Costelow – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Lindsay Cox – Art History BA
      Kyra Crabtree – English BA: Creative Writing
      Haley Crawford – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
      Rachel Crazybear – Psychology BA
      J Robert Crowley – Mathematics and Statistics BS
      Skylar Crowley – Psychology BA
      Lucas Cuni-Mertz – Communication Studies: Journalism and Mass Communication & Political Science BA
      Madisen Curtin – Pre-Medicine, A&S
      Emily Daggett – Liberal Arts BLA
      Victoria Davidson – History & Languages and Literatures BA: German
      Kyler Davis – Economics BA
      Hallie Dawson – English BA
      Katie Denny – Physics BS: Astronomy
      Devon Dewey – Art History BA
      Sarah Dirks – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
      Shaleana Disorbo – History BA
      Abigail Doss – Psychology BA
      Mairaed Dunda – Environmental Science BS
      Rachel Dwyer – Liberal Arts BLA
      Gina Dwyer – Psychology BA
      Jacob Eisenhauer – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Audra Elford – English BA: Creative Writing
      Elizabeth Elmendorf – Physics BS: Astronomy
      Tomas Escarpita – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Gretchen Fiebig – Psychology BA
      Matia Finley – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Shannon Finneran – Liberal Arts BLA
      Ashlee Fish – Architectural Studies
      Lauren Fitzpatrick – Environmental Studies BA
      Jade Flanders – Psychology BA
      Madison Flynn – Psychology BA
      Victor Folk – Economics & Mathematics and Statistics BA
      Alexandra Foster – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
      Kayla Fox – Psychology BA
      Cori Fricke – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Makayla Friedrich – Economics BA
      Rachael Fritz – Psychology BA
      Miranda Fritz – Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
      Sarah Fuentes – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Olivia Gallo – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Prae Gamel – Pre-Medicine, A&S
      Daisy Garcia Montoya – Communication Studies: Journalism and Mass Communication & Political Science BA
      Daniel Garcia-Roman – Studio Art BA
      Shea Geran – Environmental Science BS
      Alexander Gleason – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Kylee Gomez – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Political Science BA
      Allanis Gordon – Liberal Arts BLA
      Bethany Graham – English BA: Creative Writing
      Hannah Green – Psychology BA
      Hillary Green – Political Science BA
      Emera Greenwood – Psychology BA
      Brittany Grindle – Political Science BA
      Kyle Grogan – Psychology BA
      Dominic Guillen – Mathematics and Statistics BS
      Garrett Gunderson – Film and Media Arts
      Hannah Haake – Urban Planning and Design BA
      Sadho Habib – Economics BA
      Madelene Hajer – English BA
      Andrew Hall – Sociology BA: Cultural Anthropology
      Ashton Hall – Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
      Garam Han – Mathematics and Statistics BS
      Katherine Hanners – History BA
      Estelle Hansen – Film and Media Arts
      Alicia Harrington – Psychology BA
      Jonathan Hawley – Psychology & Philosophy BA
      Naomi Henry – Geology BS
      Griselda Hernandez – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
      Jonathan Hernandez – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Amelia Hess – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Lauren Higgins – Physics BS: Astronomy
      Valeczia Hooks – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Marika Houser – Political Science BA
      Madeline Houx – Psychology BA
      Cierra Howe – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Colton Hrabe – Film and Media Arts
      Seth Hudson – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Ali Hufft – Political Science & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Aleister Hughes – History BA
      Tasneem Huq – English BA
      Nursyuhada Huq – Pre-Dentistry, A&S
      Alyx Hutchins – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Marissa Iden – Political Science BA
      Jared Islas – Urban Planning & Design- BA
      Michael Jenkins – Political Science & Philosophy BA
      Cheryse Johnson – Psychology BA
      Kate Johnston – English BA
      Nikita Joshi – History & English BA: Creative Writing
      Natalie Juno – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Medina Kajtazovic – English BA
      Franck Kamgain – Communication Studies BA
      Kara Kanatzar – English BA: Creative Writing
      Brandon Kanoy – Political Science BA
      Alexander Keith – Psychology BA
      Hannah Kempker – Pre-Pharm
      Lukas Kenney – English BA: Creative Writing
      Zaal Khazraeinazmpour – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Tracy Khiew – Studio Art BA
      Brenna Killen – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Brittni Kilton – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      David Kirk – Studio Art BA
      Daniel Kirk – Studio Art BA
      Brenna Kiu – Urban Planning & Design- BA
      Makenzie Kleist – Sociology & Psychology BA
      Melissa Klotz – Psychology BA
      Luke Knapp – Political Science BA
      Kaitlyn Korah – Pre-Pharm
      Molly Kordonowy – History BA
      Michaela Koval – History BA
      Carolyn Kovar – History BA
      Rhyan Kubik – Psychology BA
      Anabeth Laaker – History BA
      Gabriella Lavenbarg – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Shairry Lene – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
      Maria Leno – Film and Media Arts
      Emma Leonard – History BA
      Lia Lombardini – Liberal Arts BLA
      Tyler Lott – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Vincent Lowry – Studio Art BA
      Mia Lukic – Philosophy BA
      Jennifer Lyons – Liberal Arts BLA
      Leah Maass – Psychology BA
      Christina Mackenzie – Architectural Studies
      Jackson MacLellan – Political Science BA
      Brett Madsen – Studio Art BA
      Reyna Mallory – Communication Studies: Film and Media Studies & Studio Art BA
      Abbie Malm – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Julio Mares – Psychology BA
      Caroline Matz – Psychology BA
      Emily Maupin – Psychology BA
      Caleb McCain – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Keegan McCarthy – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
      Olivia McCune – Psychology BA
      Michael Mead – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      William Meeds – Psychology BA
      Samuel Menner – Pre-Pharm
      Amelia Milldyke Gifford – Film and Media Arts
      Kesi Milligan – Urban Studies BA: Community Development and Housing
      Caroline Moriarty – Political Science BA
      Madison Murphy – Sociology BA
      Lauren Myers – Studio Art BA
      Jason Nalley – History BA
      Alex Niner – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Ryley Nolin – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
      Slater Oden – Physics BS: Astronomy
      Jacob O'Neill – Psychology BA
      Odindo Opole – Film and Media Arts
      Silvestre Ortiz-Romo – Environmental Science BS
      Kenechukwu Osude – Pre-Medicine, A&S
      Abbey Outain – English BA: Creative Writing
      Randi Owens – Earth and Environmental Science BS
      Saketh Pachalla – History BA
      Christine Park – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Shivani Patel – Psychology BA
      Ahmad Pazhoohi – Pre-Pharm
      Riley Peek – English BA
      Josie Pennington – History BA
      Enrique Perez – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Cailyn Persinger – Pre-Pharm
      Kenny Phan – Earth and Environmental Science BS
      Kacper Piekarek – Economics BA
      Josilinia Plyman – Political Science BA
      Maggie Pool – Film and Media Arts
      Philip Potter – History BA
      Kaitlyn Powell – Film and Media Arts
      Lydia Powers – Languages and Literatures BA: French
      Aaron Price – Urban Studies BA: Urban Policy and Management
      Noah Price – Psychology BA
      Bayleigh Priddy – Psychology BA
      Bethany Pritchard – History BA
      Halena Procopio Ross – Environmental Science BS
      Monica Propst – Urban Studies BA
      Stephen Quackenbush – Architectural Studies
      Jordan Railsback – Film and Media Arts
      Angela Ramirez – Art History BA
      Carson Rau – Sociology BA
      Isabel Recker – Languages and Literatures: Spanish & Psychology BA
      Grace Reesman – Physics & Mathematics and Statistics BS
      Mary Reust – Studio Art BA
      Zoe Rickman – Film and Media Arts
      Jayla Riggins – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Karla Rincon – Psychology BA
      Erin Roth – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Ryan Rowland – History BA
      Michaela Roxas – Psychology & English BA: Creative Writing
      Guillermo Rubio – Philosophy BA
      Sagi Rudnick – Political Science & Communication Studies BA
      Anna Ryan – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Jacob Salas – Mathematics and Statistics BS
      Jared Schild – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Jessica Scott – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Philosophy BA
      Audrey Seider – Art History BA
      Teah Sensenich – Psychology BA
      Alexandra Serafin – History BA
      Sydney Serrano – Psychology BA
      Gary Sharp – History BA
      Destinee Shehan – Psychology BA
      Mariah Shipley – Psychology BA
      Madison Sieger – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
      Sophie Simes – English BA
      Dawson Sims – Environmental Studies BA
      Kimberly Sims – Studio Art BA
      Adam Sisk – Communication Studies: Film and Media Studies & Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
      Helene Slinker – Political Science BA
      Regan Smith – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Katrena Smith – Psychology BA
      Justin Smith – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Hunter Smith – Psychology BA
      Joshua Sola – Geography BS
      Grace Solomon – Political Science BA
      Paul Sorensen – English: Language and Rhetoric
      Annie Spencer – English: Classical, Medieval, and Early Literature & History BA
      Carrine Spinks – Psychology BA
      Samantha Sprouse – Psychology BA
      Nichole Stahly – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Mollie Stanek – Studio Art BA
      Gabrielle Stansell – Political Science BA
      Shea Staples – Liberal Arts BLA
      Maria Starns – History BA
      Kyleigh Steenrod – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
      Lanisha Stevens – Psychology BA
      Ronnea Stiles – English BA
      McKenna Still – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Sophia Straight – English BA
      Abby Strawn – Political Science BA
      Robyn Sullins – Psychology BA
      Erica Sullivan – Psychology BA
      Julianna Swickard – Film and Media Arts
      Chandler Tarrant – Physics BS
      Ezekiel Taylor – Studio Art BA
      Lillian Taylor – Psychology BA
      Lauren Textor – English BA
      Myo Thai – Mathematics and Statistics BS
      Jasmine Thai – Pre-Pharm
      Maeghan Thomas – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Scott Thompson – Physics BS: Astronomy
      Kristina Thomson – Earth and Environmental Science BS
      Aleena Tofanelli – Psychology BA
      Fatima Towakoli – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Jessica Tran – Pre-Pharm
      Uyen Tran – Studio Art BA
      Lucy Trask – Pre-Pharm
      Chloe Tremain – English BA
      Gregory Troiani – Physics BS: Astronomy
      Dashiell Tucker – Political Science BA
      Nathan Underwood – Mathematics and Statistics BS
      Kelsey Van Buskirk – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
      Cheeia Vang – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
      Eisa Vasquez – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Cozette Viles – Liberal Arts BLA
      Ashley Vogel – English BA
      Sierra Voorhies – Psychology BA
      John Waggoner – Psychology BA
      Kara Walters – English BA: Creative Writing
      Jack Walton – English BA
      Jasmine Walton – Political Science BA
      Julia Weber – Psychology BA
      Madison Wellman – Studio Art BA
      Brayan Westergaard – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Samuel Westlake – Psychology BA
      Emily White – Art History BA
      Madison White – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Alexandra Whitlow – Philosophy BA
      Rowan Wiley – Political Science BA
      Jermeha Williams – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Kelly Williams – Psychology BA
      Alexa Williams – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
      Abby Williams – Sociology BA
      Candace Williamson – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
      Justin Wills – Environmental Science BS
      Jacob Wingert – Mathematics and Statistics BA
      Sophie Woycheese – Psychology BA
      Abdulrehman Yousaf – Pre-Medicine, A&S
      Ayat Youssef – Psychology BA
      Taylor Yuhas – Pre-Pharm
      Mariya-Tereza Zelenchuk – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
      Zackary Zeller – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
      Samantha Zoellner – Pre-Pharm

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      ALAS speaker Steve Ellner discusses Maduro’s Venezuela

      Scofield Hall

      On November 15th, during his fall speaking tour, Steve Ellner spoke on the challenges Venezuela is experiencing under President Nicolás Maduro. The event was a combined effort of The Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) worked with the Latino Alumni Student Organization (LASO). Read the full article in the University News…

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      Dr. Linda Mitchell Interviewed by Washington Post on Introduction of Queen to Medieval Times

      Medieval Times, a dinner theater experience loosely based on the 11th century Spanish court, featured a female ruler for the first time this year. Since its debut in the United States in 1983, the show, which includes a banquet, jousting, swordfights, and stunts on horseback, has been presided over by a king. This year, however, Doña Maria Isabella reigned.

      Professor of History Linda Mitchell, who also serves as affiliate faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and as President of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, weighed in on this change in a recent Washington Post article. Check out her comments on women in the medieval world and the historical accuracy of Medieval Times here.

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      ALAS Raises Funds for Latinx Scholarships

      Association of Latin American StudentThe Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) raised nearly $9,000 in matching scholarship dollars benefiting UMKC’s Latinx first-generation and DACA students. Read the full article in the University News…

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      Drs. Matt Osborn & Makini King interviewed on Fox4 & KCTV5 in Blackface Debate

      Blackface refers to the cultural practice of covering the face of a white (or black) performer to create a caricature of a black person. Although usually associated with nineteenth-century minstrel shows, blackface can still be found today both in theatrical performances and sometimes also in Halloween costumes.

      The debate about the racist implications of blackface continues today. In national news, the NBC "Today" host Megyn Kelly's show was cancelled following her on-air remarks expressing acceptance of blackface. In local news, a registered nurse at St. Luke's was fired after she posted pictures of herself and a friend on facebook in blackface.

      UMKC Professor Matthew W. Osborn and UMKC Diversity Director Makini King were interviewed on 30 October 2018 for local television about the history, politics, and ethics of blackface. Their comments aired at 5 PM on KCTV5 and Fox4.

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      Ms. Annie Derrell (UMKC iPhD candidate) becomes Fellow in the SREB's Doctoral Scholars Program

      Congratulations to iPhD candidate Annie Derrell for being selected as a fellow in the Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP). According to the sponsoring Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), “the goal of the DSP is to increase the number of minority students who earn doctorates and choose to become faculty at colleges and universities.”

      Since its founding in 1993, the DSP has supported over a 1000 scholars at numerous institutes across the country. It offers direct services for doctoral students such as academic, personal, and motivational support, career counseling, networking, job recruitment, and continued advocacy into their early careers as faculty members. Derrell will be a part of the inaugural cohort of scholars from the University of Missouri System.

      One of the most exciting aspects of DSP is the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, an annual meeting which serves as the largest gathering of minority Ph.D. scholars in the country. The Institute provides workshops as well as recruitment and networking opportunities to give new scholars the tools to successfully complete their doctorates and enter into a faculty career in higher education.

      Annie Derrell NewsDerrell is “extremely honored and very excited for this opportunity to meet and collaborate with other minority scholars.”

      The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is a nonprofit organization that works to improve education and provide policymakers with reliable data to make sound educational policy decisions. There website is: www.sreb.org.

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      Dr. Rebecca Egli (UMKC History BA '08) receives Postdoctoral Fellowship at Linda Hall Library

      Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca (Mowry) Egli on receiving a post-doctoral Residential Fellowship at Linda Hall Library. During her two-month stay, she will conduct research for her current project, "Seeds of Misfortune: Food, Crop Diversity, and the Simplification of American Nature," a history of America’s plant explorers that examines the impact of plant introduction and breeding on agricultural biodiversity and innovation.

      Rebecca Egli FullRebecca grew up in Kansas City and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UMKC's History Department in 2008. She earned a Master of Arts degree in history from King’s College London in 2010 and a doctorate in history from the University of California, Davis in 2018.

      Exploring intersections between agriculture, science, and the environment, her dissertation, "The World of Our Dreams: Agricultural Explorers and the Promise of American Science," looks at federal scientists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, exploring developments in plant biology and the ecological consequences of importing non-native plants into the United States.

      We are so proud to have Dr. Egli conducting research again in Kansas City!

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      365 students named to College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for Spring 2018 Semester

      A total of 365 students in UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2018 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term.

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      UMKC History iPhD K. David Hanzlick publishes book with U. MO Press

      Congratulations to K. David Hanzlick, alumnus of the History iPhD program, on the publication of his book, Benevolence, Moral Reform, Equality: Women’s Activism in Kansas City, 1870-1940, with the University of Missouri Press.

      Hanzlick BookHanzlick traces the rise and evolution of women’s activism in a rapidly growing, Midwestern border city, one deeply scarred by the Civil War and struggling to determine its meaning. Over the course of 70 years, women in Kansas City emerged from the domestic sphere by forming and working in female-led organizations to provide charitable relief, reform society’s ills, and ultimately claim space for themselves as full participants in the American polity. Focusing on the social construction of gender, class, and race, and the influence of political philosophy in shaping responses to poverty, Hanzlick also considers the ways in which city politics shaped the interactions of local activist women with national women’s groups and male-led organizations.

      K. David Hanzlick is Director of Program and Development for Sheffield Place, a treatment and transitional living program for homeless mothers and children. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Nonprofit Leadership Program at Rockhurst University and the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University.

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      History Professor quoted in the New York Times

      Prof. Diane Mutti-Burke, Chair of the History Department, was quoted in an article in the New York Times on 6. August 2018 entitled "On a Civil Rights Trail" because of her research into the history of slavery in Missouri.

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      Addressing the Cost of Higher Education: Open Educational Resources reduce costs for students, enhance learning

      Male student wearing UMKC shirt with laptopThe cost of higher education is an issue, and one the University of Missouri-Kansas City is addressing.

      As part of the four-campus University of Missouri System, UMKC has had one of the lowest rates of tuition increase in the U.S. during the past decade. And despite this year’s tuition increase of 1 percent, efforts to keep the overall cost of education are continuing, and are working.

      For example, in June 2017, the University of Missouri-Kansas City joined UM System in the Affordable & Open Educational Resources (A&OER) program to save students money on textbooks and other course materials.

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      Students Chime in on Hot Topic Discussion: Urban Planning Seniors Present Comprehensive Study on Affordable Housing in Kansas City

      Spring-2018-Senior-StudioAffordable housing has been a hot topic in the Kansas City community for decades, and more recently due to new downtown housing developments and the continued revitalization of Troost Avenue. As city officials develop new housing policies, students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City have played a significant role in the community conversation.

      A group of seven urban planning undergraduates spent the spring semester researching the city’s housing affordability issues as part of their final project in professor Stephanie Frank’s planning and design studio class. Seniors Sean Thomas, Dave McCumber, Billie Hufford, Thomas Kimmel, Taylor Vande Velde, Rawya Alrammah and Alexander Gilbertson put together a comprehensive planning study on housing affordability in Kansas City. Each student researched and wrote one chapter in the study. They recently sat down to discuss the background and recommendations included in their study.

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      UMKC's Urban Planning + Design Program Earns National Recognition

      Urban Planning + DesignThe Urban Planning + Design program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has earned accreditation from the Planning Accreditation Board, which accredits university programs in North America leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in planning.

      “We are very pleased that the Planning Accreditation Board has recognized the quality of teaching and learning in our program,” said Michael Frisch, Ph.D., AICP, associate professor and director of the program. “It signifies that our program has been rigorously reviewed by national experts in urban planning, and found to produce graduates who meet the expectations of the planning profession.”

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      Kansas City Philanthropist and Children's Health Advocate Receives Honorary Doctorate, Gives Commencement Address

      David Westbrook gives the commencement address during Spring 2018 College of Arts and Sciences Commencement CeremoniesUnhindered by juvenile glaucoma that took his sight at age 17, David Westbrook (B.A. ’71) has proven that vision has nothing to do with one’s ability to see. He founded Corporate Communications Group, a communications and public relations firm he sold before taking his talent and dedication to longtime client Children’s Mercy.

      Westbrook attributes his lifetime of success to his parents and to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His alma mater awarded him with an honorary doctorate at the 2018 College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony, and he gave the address to the graduating class at Swinney Recreation Center on campus.

      “This is not a defining moment, this is a moment of celebration,” said Westbrook, who holds bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology from UMKC. “Defining moments are with your professors and your friends.”

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      UMKC's Conservatory of Music and Dance and Department of Theatre Re-Envision New Home for all UMKC Performing Arts Programs

      UMKC Theatre PerformanceFaculty in two nationally recognized performing arts programs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City have voted in support of a merger of the Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Department of Theatre.

      The proposed merger is designed to strengthen both programs by opening up new and expanded opportunities for performance, composition and research at the University that for decades has been designated as Missouri’s Campus for the Visual and Performing Arts by the University of Missouri System.

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      CAS Alumnus and Kauffman School Founder/CEO to receive UMKC Bill French Alumni Service Award

      Hannah Lofthus poses for a headshotHannah Lofthus, who received Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science from UMKC in 2007, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the UMKC Bill French Alumni Award. Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association recognizes individual alumni and one family with top honors.

      UMKC will honor Lofthus and other outstanding alumni at the 2018 Alumni Awards event on Friday, June 15. The reception is one of UMKC's largest events, with proceeds going to support student scholarships. In the last decade, the Alumni Awards event has garnered more than $1 million in scholarships and immediate aid for students.

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      Two CAS Alumni Receive Fulbright Awards

      Fulbright US Student Program logoTwo College of Arts and Sciences alumni have been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award to continue their research and scholarship. Sydney Harvey, who received her Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Film from UMKC in 2016, will study in the United Kingdom; and Marc Reyes, who received his Master of Arts in History from UMKC in 2014, will study in India.

      Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals and scientists the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

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      VFW puts more “ease” into UMKC’s At Ease Zone

      Lynn Roth, III, Nick Lopez and Ethan Alexander pose for a photo on the new couch in the UMKC At Ease ZoneThe National Headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has put a little more “ease” into the UMKC At Ease Zone. The VFW recently presented student veterans with a much-desired couch for the space, along with a new coffee maker and a networked printer.

      The UMKC At Ease Zone, located on the second floor of Cherry Hall on UMKC’s Volker Campus, supports UMKC student veterans as they transition into community and campus life. The At Ease Zone is a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Social Work and the UMKC Dean of Students.

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      Two UMKC French Alums Receive Fund for Teachers Grants

      Three teachers in Independence, Missouri, hold signs about their 2018 Fund for Teachers grantsTwo UMKC French alumni, Katy Foudree Owens and Brandi Pruente have been awarded Fund for Teachers Grants to attend the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) congress in Martinique this summer.

      The AATF convention is an immersion opportunity allowing educators to work on their French language skills while learning more about teaching practices.

      “We in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department, particularly in French, are thrilled for their success,” said UMKC French professor Dr. Kathy Krause.

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      Researching Saints: English Department Chair Receives NEH Grant

      National Endowment for the Humanities New Grant Recipients photo collageDr. Virginia Blanton, professor and chair of the UMKC Department of English Language and Literatures, recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the only 2018 recipient in the state of Missouri.

      “I have a big job ahead,” said Blanton, who joined the UMKC faculty in 2002. Her awarded project is a book-length study on the lives of saints in medieval England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

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      UMKC Art History Professor named a Visiting Fellow at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

      Courtesan (after Eisen) Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, October-November 1887Professor Frances Connelly, Ph.D., a professor in the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, will serve as a Visiting Fellow at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in June 2018. While there, she will lead a seminar as part of the “Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth Century Art” program.

      The Van Gogh Museum’s program, now entering its 12th year, brings foreign scholars annually to the Netherlands to teach a seminar in 19th century art to graduate students and professionals. Connelly’s seminar is entitled The Grotesque in Late Nineteenth-Century Art. It will explore the workings of the grotesque in this unsettled and unsettling period and explore why it is a particularly powerful means to grapple with its social upheavals and cultural shifts.

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      Dr. Joseph Hartman Receives Graham Foundation Grant

      Graphic of the names of the Graham Foundation's 2018 grant recipientsDr. Joseph Hartman, Assistant Professor in the UMKC Department of Art and Art History and Latinx and Latin American Studies program, recently received an internationally competitive grant from the Graham Foundation, one of the most significant funders in the field of architecture. Hartman was one of only 74 proposals selected out of over 600 applicants worldwide.

      “This award will surely go down as one of the proudest moments of my career,” Hartman said. “To gain recognition from a world-renowned architectural organization like the Graham is affirming not only to the quality of my research but also to the rising visibility and importance of Caribbean, Latin American and Latinx communities."

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      New UMKC Guest Professor studies German Aristocrats in the Modern World

      Tryg Has-Ellison newsThe University of Missouri-Kansas City’s History Department is proud to announce that Dr. John Trygve “Tryg” Has-Ellison will be serving as a Guest Professor for the 2018-19 academic year.

      Dr. Has-Ellison is the current Non-Immigrant Visa Chief at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico. Prior to this post, he was Vice-Consul in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Desk Officer for European Issues of Congressional interest in Washington D.C. His visiting appointment at UMKC coincides with his participation in the Command and General Staff Officers Course at Ft. Leavenworth, KS.

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      Art History Professor’s Co-Edited Book Recently Published

      Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art Book CoverThe Routledge volume Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art, co-edited by UMKC Art History Professor Cristina Albu, was recently published.

      The book calls for a situational approach to art, which is informed by the intertwining of art theory, phenomenology and cognitive sciences. It offers an interdisciplinary inquiry into the mutability of art experience, showing that it is contingent on an array of deeply entangled biological, cultural, political and social systems. The volume gathers 18 chapters by senior and emerging scholars.

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      Take a Journey to the Andean Cosmovision with UMKC Theatre

      UMKC Theatre’s next graduate student production, “The Storytelling Project,” has something for every theatre fan – drama, intrigue, music, dance, comedy and originality.

      The Storytelling Project” is a devised theatrical show featuring the UMKC second year MFA actors, MFA designers and undergraduate production staff.

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      Over 360 students named to CAS Dean’s List for Fall 2017

      CAS Dean's List Fall 2017A total of 369 students in the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences were named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2017 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term.

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      Hadara Bar-Nadav Publishes New Collection of Poetry

      Book cover for Hadara Bar-Hadav's collection of poems The New NudityEnglish Professor Hadara Bar-Nadav recently published a new collection of poetry, The New Nudity, which shocks everyday objects to life. In these chiseled, electrically-charged poems, a ladder, a wineglass and a spine ignite into being. With a nod to Francis Ponge, Gertrude Stein and Pablo Neruda, Bar-Nadav’s poems have a heartbeat all their own, small miracles that haunt and heave.

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      More than She Imagined: Q&A With Studio Art Graduate Heather Burton

      Q&A with Heather Burton, who landed a career before graduationHeather Burton, an Olathe, Kansas, native, graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in December 2017. Before graduating though, she'd already landed a job. Check out Heather's story in this Q&A:

      How was your graduation day?

      It was overwhelming to me. It’s the day you work so hard for since you’re 5. I kept worrying about my cap falling off, and of course it did as I walked up to receive my diploma.

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      Laurie Ellinghausen Publishes New Book on Notorious Figures in Renaissance England

      Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing Book CoverCongratulations to Laurie Ellinghausen, Ph.D., associate professor in the UMKC Department of English Language and Literature, on the publication of her fourth book, Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing.

      This monograph examines the tales of notorious figures in Renaissance England, including the mercenary Thomas Stukeley, the Barbary corsair John Ward, and the wandering adventurers the Sherley brothers. Ellinghausen sheds new light on the construction of the early modern renegade and its depiction in English prose, poetry, and drama during a period of capitalist expansion. Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing shows how domestic issues of class and occupation exerted a major influence on representations of renegades, and heightened their appeal to the diverse audiences of early modern England.

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